Cilantro leaves me with a pungnt, metalic tainted taste of natural gas
Most Hated Cilantro-Containing Food:
Dips, soups, salads and cream sauces where I would least expect it to be!
Do people in your family hate cilantro, too? Who?
Not that I'm aware of.
If cilantro were a historical malevolent dictator, who would it be? Why?
Most Dictators are large, prominant figures, and you clearly know that up front. Cilantro is a low lying evil force that can strike when you least expect it...
My cilantro story, first experience, recent anecdote, rant, etc...
My first experience with Cilantro was in 1985. I went to a local American owned and run, "Mexican" restaurant. I had been going there for years, enjoying the pre-meal complimentary hot salsa and chips. One afternoon while joining a group of co-workers, I delved into a mound of salsa piled onto an authentic corn tortilla. "Arrrggghhhh...Ptooey...plahh"!!!! I thought I had lost a filling and shattered it with my teeth. Then, this wierd sensation set in, almost as if I had sucked on a natural gas pipeline!!!! I waited for a reaction from my friends, who to my surprise, chatted merrily on as if they were actually enjoying themselves. It would be years before I actually learned what it was about that salsa that made me repulsed by it.
Nearly a decade later, a friend gave me a starter herb garden. I planted and cultivated it until the herbs were mature and ready to add to my favorite dishes. One of these plants was Cilantro. I was still ignorant to the fact that THIS was my enemy! Looking like parsley, but a little larger, I added it to my redskin mashed potatoes, to serve to my family. As all cooks do, I tasted my cullinary work. "Arrrggghhh....Ptooey....plahh"!!! Yess... this was it! The same taste that I remembered from a decade earlier! The mashed potatoes were never given the chance to get the thumbs up or down from my family. My beautiful potatoes received a burial at sea. Smugly satisfied with my newly solved mystery, I waved goodby to them as they disappeared down the garbage disposal.
Since then, I have been the victim of several surprise visits from this awful, vile herb. Why people make a conscious effort to torture the likes of me by HIDING cilantro in dips, salads and pasta dishes, is beyond me. Cilantro should be included in fair labeling laws!
More about me:
I am a natural health, organic food oriented grandmother of 6. I am also a product of our society and and will occasionally indulge in a McDonald's breakfast or an Arby's lunch. I have spent my life in the field of Special Education, and although I have recently retired and have relocated, I plan to re-enter the work force, hopefully doing the same.
My mission in life is to keep after our elected government offials to keep our children safe from toxic chemicals and drugs. Autism is on the rise and we have to find out why. Now HERE's an interesting little tidbit that some of you may already know... Cilantro is the only natural chelator in the world. I have a grandson on the Autism Spectrum who has shown elevated levels of mercury, aluminum, lead and some other nasties. He is improving drastically with chelation therapy. You would think that we would try Cilantro, as many others have had great success with it. Not us, I just can't bring myself to make that little guy ingest that awful stuff!!!!